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Haloze represents an agreeable region of rolling and relatively low tertiary hills in the Pannonian region of Slovenia. Remote border hills difficult of access and with modest possibilities of survival had, until recently, a sad privilege to be one of the less developed regions in Slovenia. The Haloze region has always been a rural area known in the past for large families. Densely populated after World War II, Haloze was later subject to wide emigration movements, and by 1991 the number of inhabitants decreased by more than a third. Remote and forgotten, the Haloze region barely survived, but now it is slowly reviving again. Haloze was first mentioned in the 15th century under the name of Chalas and Kalosen. The name is supposed to derive from the Latin word Colles meaning vine-growing hills, or from the old Slavic word "halonga denoting a hilly world.

The north of the region is fringed by rivers Dravinja and Drava, on the west it is bounded by a high hill Boč, and on the south by smaller mountains of Donačka Gora and Macelj. The hilly region extends right into Croatia on the east and southeast. Its southern part is also called vine-growing Haloze, as vineyards cover almost one tenth of the entire surface there, and only one per cent in the higher western part. More than a half of the western part of the region is covered by forests, therefore it is called the "woody Haloze. The wine-growing part of Haloze is known for typically scattered settlements, which follow the extension of vineyards. In the woody part, on the other hand, there are quite a few hamlets and even solitary farms.

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Castle Borl
Castle Borl, built on a rock where the 16th Meridian crosses river Drava in eastern Slovenia, has been for past 12 years a host to many IDRIART events.  Borl, the ancestral home of the Knight Parsifal, is steeped in legend. Parsifal is the "western" expression of a global archetype that deals with man's need to learn how to learn to ask the right question at the right time in order to discover meaning (and hence progress). It also emphasises the "heart" as essential in the process.


The Belojača cave
Makole lies in the Dravinja valley on the western edge of Haloze and offers many interesting sights. Near the abandoned coal mine lies the Belojača cave with its picturesque entrance. Decorated by a majestic waterfall, the gorge of the Šega stream has cut its way through the northern slope of Plešivec. The ruins of the 13th-century Štatenberg castle stand atop the hill above the headwaters of Jelovški potok, a silent reminder of the past. The park around the castle is the site of the annual meeting of Slovenian writers. The Forma Viva transversal with 62 different sculptures is another sight unique to the area.

Štatenberg – Silent Witness of the Past
The building of the Štatenberg (Statenberg) Manor was commenced by the Attems Counts presumably as early as 1696, and it was fully finished between 1720 and 1740. In 1809 the manor came into the possession of noble Franc Ludvik Blagotinąek Kaiserfeld, then noble Klavdij Pittoni-Dannenfeld, prince Ferdinand Lobkowitz, Žiga Conrad, noble Pius Buchau and since 1849 the Conradi Family, while between the wars the manor was the property of the Neumann Family from Zagreb. In 1910 part of the manor was destroyed in fire, but was soon renovated. In 1989 the manor came under the Impol Factory management, and it nowadays houses a restaurant. 



Cycling: Around Haloze

Not only is cycling one of the most pleasant recreational activities (especially in summer); it also contributes significantly to good health and well-being. Using the same amount of energy, ...

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